Firelink Enewsletter For September 2018
Welcome to the October edition of the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service e-Newsletter.
Have your say on our draft plans for 2019/2020
Cheshire Fire Authority has now published its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2019/2020 for consultation.
Every year the Authority publishes an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). This plan is about improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives.
The plan provides information on the risks facing Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and details how the organisation is structured and operates to mitigate these risks. It also details how Cheshire Fire Authority is funded and outlines plans for the future.
Bonfire night - list of bonfires in Cheshire
It's much safer to attend an organised community bonfire - so please attend an organised event this Bonfire Night.
Most injuries throughout the bonfire period occur as a result of people building their own bonfires, and setting off their own fireworks.
Are you ready for winter?
Most incidents in the home can be prevented by using common sense and taking precautions. Winter, particularly, can be a dangerous time with the higher than usual use of candles, electrical appliances and more hazardous roads.
The Service supports national initiatives that help our communities to understand just what precautions they can take to keep them and their loved ones safe. Here are ones we have been supporting since the last newsletter.
Candle fire safety
With the days growing darker and winter setting in, a few candles scattered round the room can lend a warm glow to an evening. But with candle fires resulting in around 350 casualties each year, we would like you to take extra care with candles this winter - nearly 40% of all fires started by candles result in a death or injury.
Get your chimney ready for the winter
With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys again. In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn and we would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.
Is your car ready for winter?
Of all the seasons, winter requires the most care and preparation if you're to stay safe. Please be prepared in case the bad weather strikes in your area of Cheshire.
In snow or icy conditions, it will take longer to stop - always drive at a speed appropriate for the conditions.
In winter it's even more important to check your vehicle is well maintained and serviced.
Change your clocks and check your smoke alarms
Cheshire residents are being urged to check their smoke alarms as they prepare to turn the clocks back.
The clocks go back at 2.00am on Sunday 28 October and, as summer time officially ends, we're asking people to prepare for the autumn and winter by checking their smoke alarms.